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DeGrom outduels Kershaw with 13 Ks; Mets beat Dodgers 3-1 (Yahoo Sports)

New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia, left, and starting pitcher Jacob deGrom celebrate their 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of baseball's National League Division Series, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

DeGrom struck out 13 over seven scoreless innings and Daniel Murphy homered off a star-crossed Clayton Kershaw to help the New York Mets defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 on Friday night for a 1-0 lead in their NL Division Series. ''Before the game I was pretty nervous,'' said deGrom, who at 27 is in just his second major league season. DeGrom (1-0) limited the Dodgers to five hits and walked one.

Alberto, Rangers beat Blue Jays in 14th, lead ALDS 2-0 (Yahoo Sports)

Texas Rangers' Rougned Odor, front, slides safely past the tag of Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin to score on a sacrifice fly during the fourteenth inning of Game 2 in baseball's American League Division Series, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, in Toronto. Texas won 6-4. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Fed up with his own bat, Hanser Alberto grabbed one belonging to teammate Delino DeShields. Alberto, the seldom-used backup infielder, lined a tiebreaking single to center in the 14th inning, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five American League Division Series. ''I didn't even ask him for it,'' Alberto said, smiling at DeShields sitting beside him on the postgame interview podium.

Lackey dominates, Cardinals beat Cubs 4-0 in NLDS opener (Yahoo Sports)

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey (41) acknowledges the crowd after being taken out during the eighth inning of Game 1 in baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

John Lackey lived up to his reputation as a pitcher who craves the ball in October, helping the St. Louis Cardinals cool off the upstart Chicago Cubs. Lackey outpitched old teammate Jon Lester, allowing two hits into the eighth inning, and rookies Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty each homered late for the Cardinals in a 4-0 victory Friday night in the opener of their NL Division Series. ''Tonight was special, for sure,'' Lackey said.

Royals rally, beat Astros 5-4 to even ALDS at 1 game each (Yahoo Sports)

Kansas City Royals players celebrate after their 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 2 of baseball's American League Division Series, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Kansas City Royals whipped out the same formula that carried them to last year's World Series to turn back the Houston Astros and tie their AL Division Series at a game apiece. ''Just battling,'' first baseman Eric Hosmer said. The Royals rallied from a three-run deficit Friday, getting a go-ahead single from Ben Zobrist in the seventh inning, and then watched Wade Davis and the bullpen make it stand in a 5-4 victory that brought back memories of their nip-and-tuck postseason of a year ago.

Marshawn Lynch to miss second straight game (Yahoo Sports)

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, in Seattle. Lynch did not play in the game due to an injury. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Marshawn Lynch will miss a second straight week for the Seattle Seahawks due to a hamstring strain. The team on Friday officially ruled Lynch out for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Lynch injured his hamstring in the second quarter of the team's 26-0 victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 3.

Bills running back McCoy says he could miss 3 more games (Yahoo Sports)

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) walks the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

LeSean McCoy can't outrun an injury to his left hamstring that could potentially sideline the star Buffalo running back for another month. ''Yeah, I think I just made it worse,'' McCoy said, sitting at his locker. The Bills acquired McCoy in a trade that sent linebacker Kiko Alonso to Philadelphia in March.

Mariners fire Lloyd McClendon after 2 seasons (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2015, file photo, Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon points towards first base while questioning an umpire's call in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Seattle. The Mariners have fired manager Lloyd McClendon after two seasons, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, less than a week after the Mariners concluded a disappointing 76-86 season.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Given the opportunity that he didn't get in his previous stop as a general manager, Jerry Dipoto decided the best move for the Seattle Mariners was to bring in his own field boss from the start. Instead of moving forward with someone who had differing baseball views, Dipoto will start his tenure in Seattle with someone he chooses. ''Everything we do is as a group,'' Dipoto said.

SMU will not appeal Larry Brown suspension or postseason ban (Yahoo Sports)
SMU will not appeal the NCAA postseason ban on the men's basketball team or the nine-game suspension for coach Larry Brown. The NCAA said last week that a former men's basketball administrative assistant completed the online course work for a student to meet NCAA initial eligibility and be admitted to the university.
Kane scores in OT to lift Blackhawks past Islanders 3-2 (Yahoo Sports)

Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews, left celebrates with Blackhawks Marian Hossa (81) and Blackhawks Patrick Kane after Kane scored the game-winning goal in overtime of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 in New York. The Blackhawks defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Two nights after the Chicago Blackhawks lost at home in their championship banner-raising season opener, Patrick Kane helped them spoil the New York Islanders' Brooklyn debut. Kane scored on a power play at 1:49 of overtime to give the Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Islanders on Friday night, giving the defending Stanley Cup champions their first win of the season. With the Blackhawks awarded an extra skater after a slashing penalty on the Islanders' Nick Leddy during the 3-on-3 overtime, Kane sent the puck toward the middle of the net from the right side.

Former UCLA, NBA player Dave Meyers dies at 62 (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 1973, file photo, UCLA's Bill Walton (32) and Dave Meyers, right, reach for a rebound following a shot by North Carolina State's Tommy Burleson (24) during an NCAA college basketball game in St. Louis. Meyers, the star forward who led UCLA to the 1975 NCAA basketball championship as the team's lone senior in coach John Wooden's final season and later played for the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, died Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. He was 62. (AP Photo/File)

Dave Meyers, the star forward who led UCLA to the 1975 NCAA basketball championship as the lone senior in coach John Wooden's final season and later played for the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, died Friday. Meyers died at his home in Temecula after struggling with cancer for the last year, according to UCLA, which received the news from his younger sister, Ann Meyers Drysdale. Shortly after, Meyers was part of a blockbuster trade that sent him to the Bucks in exchange for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Spit Happens: Get Active This Summer With New Portable Spittoon

(NewsUSA) - Summertime means outdoor barbecues, baseball games and time at the beach or pool. Outdoor activities are plentiful and often, but for the 9 million smokeless tobacco users, they can present a conundrum.One of the problems for smokeless tobacco users is the unsightly, telltale "spit cup." For one, it can make others uneasy seeing a clear bottle sitting in a car, by the beach chair or on the deck in the backyard, never mind prompting uncomfortable conversation. Carrying a lar

How to Enjoy a Live Sporting Event in Style

(NewsUSA) - Are you ready for some football!? As football camps commence and America begins to prep for the upcoming season, sports fans are gearing up for the country's most popular sport.Indeed, as summer eases into the fall season, it's a grand time to be a sports fan, what with football starting and baseball heading into the stretch run for the playoffs. Whatever your sports heart desires, however, there's a certain code of conduct when you're supporting your favorite team at the next home g

The Best Accessories for Going Swimming

(NewsUSA) - Summer. The word itself sounds so relaxing and soothing to the senses. And nothing is more soothing in the summer than swimming.At the very least, there's certainly nothing more cooling or refreshing than a quick trip to the pool. Indeed, with the temperatures rising and vacations in high gear, it's prime time to take a trip to the beach or head to your favorite resort pool and enjoy one of America's favorite summer pastimes: swimming.To ensure your next trip to the pool is as relaxi

This Spring, It's all About That Bass Fishing -- and Your Basic Gear

(NewsUSA) - The days of using a stick, some string and a worm are as much a part of American culture as apple pie and baseball. Unlike that time, there are now many choices for anglers this spring, depending on where you'll be fishing.In fact, selecting your gear is half the fun. But for starters, set aside the rods, reels, rigs, jigs and tackle, it's also just as important to remember these items that are often overlooked:* Use sunscreen. You only have to suffer from sun poisoning one time to u

For Love of the Game -- Smokeless Tobacco Still a Part of Baseball

(NewsUSA) - Smokeless tobacco is as much a part of baseball as the Cubs' disappointing run at the World Series year after year.While Major League Baseball is urging its players to reconsider a habit as old as the sport itself, there is also a history to think about -- one that has linked the two together in the hearts and minds of Americans.This begs the question: Is there life to baseball without smokeless tobacco?To come to a conclusion, we have to look at the history of smokeless tobacco and

Fire Away: How to Prepare For Hunting Season

(NewsUSA) - Although hunting season may still be months away, it's never too early to start checking things off your to-do list. After all, no matter how you slice it, there is a lot of work that goes into getting ready.Fortunately, for today's hunter, things have changed drastically from decades past. It used to be that hunters slept in tents, heated tin cans of beans over an open fire, wore puffy down parkas to keep warm, and stayed near paved roads in case they got stuck.Now, lodges, guides,

Nationals Ballpark Teams With Lansinoh for Nursing Suite

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Families with young children now have their own space at Washington Nationals baseball games, thanks to a partnership with breastfeeding product company Lansinoh, whose global headquarters is located in nearby Alexandria, Va. Although breastfeeding in the stands at a ballgame is any mom's right, the Washington Nationals offer an alternative for moms who want one: a cool, quiet, comfortable space that provides privacy while allowing moms to keep an eye on the game. The Lansinoh Nurs

What Type of Bug Bite Is That?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sunny summer days are meant for outdoor fun, but few things ruin time outside more quickly than bites from pests. Insect bites can result in consequences that range from minor, yet aggravating, irritation to extreme pain and even potentially fatal illnesses. If you are on the receiving end of a bite, it is important to detect which pest inflicted it so you can determine the best course of treatment, as well as investigate whether there is a pest problem on your property that warrants

Light Up Your Landscaping Like a Pro

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Summer months are quickly approaching, and many homeowners are getting lawns prepared for cookouts, family gatherings and entertaining late-night porch hangouts. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), proper outdoor lighting is just as essential for a beautiful landscape as are a lush lawn, bright flowerbeds and manicured shrubs. Jeff Dross, corporate director of lighting education and industry trends for Kichler Lighting, recently explained that homeowners are open

New App Takes the Task Out of Boat Maintenance

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Looking to spend more time out on your boat than stuck at the dock? Well, a new web app, which you can access from any mobile device and makes maintaining your boat a (summer's) breeze, may help you do just that. The app, called MyTaskit, connects boat owners with service techs, offering a convenient way to communicate directly with boat yards about service appointments, repair jobs or routine maintenance -- all of which means more time on the water and less on dry land. "There's t

New Treatment for Undiagnosed Sports Injuries -- From Your Dentist

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sports-related injuries are common and, when an athlete is hurt, care follows a proven, long-standing protocol of rehabilitation. But what happens when impact occurs to the head, face or jaw, and -- at the time -- no immediate injury is diagnosed? Weeks, months or even years later, many of these players begin to experience headaches, TMJ/D, migraines, vertigo or tinnitus -- estimated to impact 50 million people in the U.S. to some degree. "Undiagnosed head trauma from sports inj

Bringing Chiropractic to the Little League

(NewsUSA) - Participating in sports may be a rite of passage for kids, but it's up to parents to recognize, manage and -- yes -- prevent sports-related health conditions and injuries like concussions. One way to help do just that: an evaluation by a doctor of chiropractic, says Stephanie Mills, the recently crowned Ms. America 2014 and herself a chiropractor. To learn more, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor. Watch the video at: http://youtu.be/KiJV4otR0IM

Helping Golfers Stay in the Swing With Chiropractic Care

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - It takes years of practice to become a great golfer and to hone your swing. But to reach that level, your body has to be up to the task. Well, it turns out chiropractic care can help golfers treat injuries and restore balance. For more information, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor. Watch the video at: http://youtu.be/cGWPeSV4VKQ

Taking Care on and off the Sports Field

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - It's one of the unfortunate truths of our obsession with sports: Coaches don't normally get much credit unless they take their teams all the way to a title. And yet, there actually still are some coaches -- let's call them the good guys -- who view at least a part of their jobs as helping to build character in their players while easing the mental and physical irritations that come with competition. "Coaches have the power to teach much more than the physical elements of the game,"